Work Area: Healthcare

Healthcare workers enthusiastic about non-compete rule, but may not see benefits

The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed ban on non-compete agreements may not be the boon that physicians and healthcare workers are hoping for given the limits of the agency’s jurisdiction, several antitrust experts have said.

27 January 2023

Drugmakers and PBMs drive up insulin prices, California says

California has accused Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk of individually conspiring with major pharmacy benefit managers and abusing their market power to drive up the price of insulin.

17 January 2023

Portugal alleges coronavirus testing cartel

The Portuguese Competition Authority has levelled price-fixing, market-sharing and no-poach accusations at seven of the country’s largest medical laboratories and a national lab association relating to the provision of covid-19 tests.

16 December 2022

Exclusive dealing claims revived against Puerto Rican health insurer

A group of Puerto Rican urologists has standing to challenge the alleged monopolisation of the Medicaid urology market in the western region of Puerto Rico, an appellate court has ruled.

13 December 2022

Icelandic merger rules apply to private healthcare deals, court confirms

An Icelandic court has upheld the national antitrust enforcer’s rare decision to block a three-to-two medical imaging tie-up, dismissing the companies’ claim that the healthcare sector is exempt from the country’s merger control regime.

09 December 2022

Brazilian hospitals challenge enforcer’s preliminary merger approval

Brazil’s competition authority is allowing nine hospitals to oppose an opinion by the agency’s investigative arm that provisionally blessed private hospital operator Rede D’Or’s proposed acquisition of health insurer SulAmérica.

02 December 2022

FTC official: Practitioners must use “best judgment” over Section 5 risks

The Federal Trade Commission should prosecute conduct far beyond what is prohibited by the Sherman Act following the recent revival of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the director of the agency’s healthcare division has said.

02 December 2022

Brazil challenges health insurance merger over duopoly concerns

Brazil’s competition authority has asked its administrative tribunal to block Hapvida's purchase of rival Smile, less than a year after prohibiting another attempted acquisition by the health insurance provider.

25 November 2022

UK hones in on vet sector as private equity concerns grow

The UK’s antitrust enforcer is reviewing a veterinary care group’s completed acquisitions of eight independent vet practices, months after warning about creeping sector concentration as a result of private equity-funded buyouts.

24 November 2022

Botswanian court allows abuse of dominance probe to continue

The High Court of Botswana has paved the way for the country’s antitrust authority to resume an abuse of dominance investigation into a medical aid society, ruling that the latter is a commercial body that must comply with competition rules.

22 November 2022

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